These Are the Top 15 States for Trick-or-Treating in 2023

With the most residents under 18 of any state, Utah takes the top spot thanks to its mild temperatures and high pedestrian safety rates. See if your state clinched a spot in the Top 15.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published October 30, 2023
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After hours of preparation spent putting together costumes and getting a game plan on the books, it’s finally time for every candy-loving kid’s favorite activity—trick or treating! Whether you are toting around a bump, baby or toddler this Halloween, trick-or-treating can prove challenging and knowing what you are in for makes all the difference.

A new study from Kuru—the makers of high-tech insoles and footwear—plots out what US states are best set up for your annual candy pilgrimage. To figure out the most ideal places to trick-or-treat, Kuru compared the 50 states across five key measures, including pedestrian safety, child population, walkability, the average weather the night of Halloween and Google search data for ‘Halloween,’ ‘Trick-or-Treating,’ and ‘Halloween candy’ to measure demand for the holiday. Here’s what the study found:

Best States for Trick-or-Treating in 2023

  1. Utah
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Wyoming
  4. West Virginia
  5. Idaho
  6. Nebraska
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Washington
  9. Virginia
  10. Texas
  11. New Jersey
  12. New York
  13. Hawaii
  14. Massachusett
  15. Iowa

Utah, the reigning Halloween champion, takes the top spot with the highest population of people under 18, a low pedestrian fatality rate and mild temperatures around 70 expected on Halloween night. Meanwhile, runner-up Wisconsin had the highest number of Google searches for Halloween, Trick-or-Treating, and Halloween Candy in the US and a particularly high pedestrian safety rating.

Wyoming takes third place with its unique charm and safe neighborhoods, West Virginia comes in at fourth place, offering a perfect mix of safety and Halloween spirit and Idaho secures the fifth position with its high walkability scores and a bustling child population.

Of course, there are several aspects that go into making your night of trick-or-treating fantastic—and where you live is just one of them. Still don’t have a costume yet? Check out these 18 Frightfully Fun Mommy and Me Halloween Costumes or these Best Baby Halloween Costumes for Spooky Season.

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